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“Don’t Make The Same Mistakes They Make, How ‘Bout That?” Taraji P. Henson Talks Olivia Pope, Mary Jane, And Spirituality In The Industry
Taraji P. Henson may no longer star on “Person of Interest” but we can guarantee the film industry will be quite interested in her this year, as will audiences. Prepping for what could likely be the actress’s biggest year since her 2009 Academy Award nomination, Taraji chatted with us this morning about all the great things she has in the works, like becoming the new host of BET’s Celebration of Gospel and starring in Lee Daniels’ Fox pilot Empire. The 43-year-old also imparted her wisdom on maintaining a spiritual connection to God among all the distractions of Hollywood and she told us how she really feels about the criticisms of Black female characters on television. Check out the Q&A below:
Tell us about your new project Empire and your character, Cookie Lyon?
“Empire is like the Sopranos meets Dynasty, plus hip-hop. The empire is a record label and Lucious (Terrence Howard), who plays my husband, is about to take the company public so they stand to make a lot of money. My character and Lucious both sold drugs when they were really young and silly to start the record label so my character goes away, does 17 hard years, comes home and now that the company is about to make so much money, the crabs come out the barrel. What I love about it is we deal with a lot of heavy subject matters. It’s a Lee Daniels project and he’s not afraid to push the envelope so we deal with the taboo of being gay in the African American community because one of my sons is gay.”
How do you think audiences will react to the exploration of homosexuality in the Black community?
“I think audiences will enjoy it. Art is supposed to ruffle your feathers and make you think. It’s not supposed to be safe. It’s supposed to show you life’s ugly truths and that’s the only way you make a change. If nobody knows you can’t make a change. We didn’t really understand Boyz n the Hood until John (Singleton) made a movie about it. I never understood what gangs were until I saw colors. So you can’t change anything you don’t know about. I don’t judge any of it. I don’t judge any of my characters. I look at is as God gave me a talent to share with the world and I think art saves lives.”
This year we’ll see you in Empire, Think Like A Man Too, and From The Rough, how have you managed to stay working and on such diverse projects?
“God is good. What you’re about to witness is a perfect storm. It’s the perfect timing. I filmed From The Rough four or five years ago and back then I was like ‘It’s got to come out now’ and God was like I have a plan for you. Watch what I do. So now I have a film coming out in the spring, I have one coming out in the summer, and I also have one coming out in the fall with Idris Elba that’s a thriller and that was filmed two years ago. Everything is coming together all at once.”
How’d you feel when you were asked to host Celebration of Gospel?
“I almost dropped the phone. I know the history of that. They’re trusting me with something that’s been around. Celebration of Gospel, that’s 14 years strong. It’s not new, but I think it’s a great marriage because a lot of the people who watch that show follow me so I was honored to do that.
“I’m very spiritual. I believe in God. I don’t do anything without praying first and listening to God’s voice. I do go to church. Church is in me. When you’re a God-fearing person, you recognize someone who has God in their heart. So I needed that at that moment. Just as I was about to go off and do all of these things, I had to host that show and it just gave me the spiritual soundness that I needed to stay grounded and focused. Everything happens for a reason and I truly believe it.”
How do you maintain spiritually grounded with so many distractions in the industry?
“I can truly see the snakes in the grass and I know that devil when I see him. When something’s not right I can feel it and it’s a lot of that in the industry. People who are trying to be your friend because of what — for shallow reasons. You don’t even know if I’m a cool person. You saw me in a movie and you want to be my friend.
“It’s an industry that’s very narcissistic, people are just out for self and I catch myself doing it. I’m human. We’re all beautifully flawed and so I catch myself and I check that girl. Check it. But the only way you can do that is if you don’t have a bunch of hanger-oners. I travel very light. I don’t have security. All that is probably about to change soon, but I wouldn’t have it every day. I’m not stupid; I don’t like to leave myself vulnerable because it’s a lot of crazy people out there and if they know you move a certain way you’re setting yourself up to be a target.”
How do you feel about the criticisms of Olivia Pope, Mary Jane, and Black women in general on television?
“Oh they’re gonna get me! ‘Why she gotta be comin’ out of jail! Why did she sell drugs?’ But you know what, at the end of the day did they complain when Charlize Theron played Monster? Did they complain when Julia Roberts played a prostitute? And the argument to that is they have more roles, but those same roles get nominated for an Oscar.
“I understand the need for more positive, roles but at the end of the day Olivia Pope is fierce. So what she has a flaw! She’s human! Stop trying to make everything so perfect! Look at the lives she saves and the people she keeps from getting in trouble. So what she’s messing around a little bit. Yes it’s the president; yes it’s tampering with the security of the United States (laughs) but it’s TV! Everything is to the tenth degree. At least she’s not a prostitute on the street corner.
“Being Mary Jane, that lady has her issues, but what woman doesn’t? What person doesn’t? At the core of it all, she’s a good person. She’s just trying to find love. Sh*t! Stop being so judgemental! Don’t make the same mistakes they make, how ‘bout that? Keep it moving. When you see my character, don’t sell drugs, how ‘bout that? Then you won’t go to jail for 17 years and be in a dysfunctional family. How ‘bout that? Take it for what it is. It’s TV. And yes we could use a doctor or a lawyer with a Black person in the lead, but we have Omar Epps who is doing Resurrection and we’re getting ready to see a lot of color on television. Times are changing.”
After two-and-a-half long, long, long months, “Scandal” is back. The fast-paced political drama returned to our TV screens this past Thursday night and, as expected, Shonda did not disappoint with her signature multi-layer plot lines. Olivia Pope isn’t the only one making a comeback on the boob tube, though, Miss Marlo Hampton has been making her presence extremely well known on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” for the past few weeks and hunty the drama brewing between her and Nene is nothing nice.
Check out MN’s editors diving into all that went down on “Scandal” this past Thursday and why Marlo and Nene both need to have a seat. Consider this your spoiler alert.
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With yesterday being the return of ABC’s “Scandal” and how everyone lives for everything Olivia Pope, we thought it fitting to go through some of the iconic TV stars we’ve loved both yesterday and today for their amazing hair. These are characters who helped shape the trend when it comes to hair and had women all over the world clamoring to get their style.
Naturally Liv, and her perfect swoop bangs and never-a-hair-out-of-place ‘dos, would have prime real estate on our list. Pope’s simple glamour is the ultimate hair inspiration for the working woman who wants serious style with zero fuss.
Here are 7 TV stars with locks that we loved at StyleBlazer.com
Has your inner goddess been a little too subdued lately? Have you found you’ve been keeping quiet to keep the peace in your relationships, friendships and career, but later kick yourself for not speaking up? These 14 TV women can help you get your sass back, and then some!
If you’re going to drown your sorrows with red wine, why not do it Olivia Pope style? Crate & Barrel, the brand ABC’s Scandal uses for its wine glasses on set, have seen its drinkware fly off the shelves since its introduction on the critically-acclaimed White House drama series, ChicagoBusiness reports.
Many women seek to mimic Olivia Pope’s chic style, but fans want to emulate Kerry Washington’s Scandal character on her down days, too. After an exhausting day at work, a crestfallen Pope can be seen holding an elegant long-stemmed wine glass as she sips on red wine. Without a speaking role, these wine glasses — made by Crate & Barrel — nabbed the spotlight on their own.
“We are now selling more than 20 times the average weekly volume of the Camille Red Wine Glass (as) before it was prominently featured in the second season of ‘Scandal,’ ” Vicki Lang, Crate’s PR Director, told ChicagoBusiness.
The glass has always been a costumer favorite, according to Lang, but sales have quadrupled between September 2012 and May 2013. During the same time period, sales for similar glasses that are used for white and sparkling wines — which Olivia Pope doesn’t drink — have remained stagnant.
As you can imagine, Crate & Barrel’s Camille Red Wine Glass, which are manufactured in Slovakia, isn’t easy to get a hold of due to its high demand: “The glasses have been back-ordered for about six weeks from purchase date since last spring,” ChicagoBusiness reports. Scandal fans have depleted the supply!
“We are now working with the manufacturer to keep the (glass) in stock, but due to its handmade nature, it takes a while.”
The Olivia Pope wine glasses, once sold for $12.95 now sell for $14.95 per glass. You can order yours now and receive it by mid-March.
At this point, just about anybody with access to an online forum has weighed in on the controversy that is black women sleeping with married men on television. The disgust erupted among some as soon as “Scandal” made it’s splash in 2012 and now BET’s hit show “Being Mary Jane” has only added more fuel to that ever-growing fire.
We had the chance to chat with one of “Being Mary Jane’s” leading men, Stephen Bishop, a.k.a. David, a.k.a “never answer,” and we decided to get his take on this whole mistress controversy and see whether his allegiance lies with the production team behind his show or the African American community as a whole. Here’s what he had to say on the criticisms.
“I would have to say that I agree. If I’m going to be speaking as a man and as a black man — I don’t want to say anything to hurt either show — but I don’t necessarily think that having a black woman’s position be portrayed like that too many times is beneficial for anybody involved.
“It happens in every culture. I think [the critics] are right and at the same time, the people who say it’s reality and it needs to be seen, they’re right too. The only middle ground would be we have to stop showing all negative aspects of human life on television and that’s absurd. That’s where drama comes from. So even if [the critics are] right, they’re probably being a little too sensitive”
What do you say to that?
Check out more of Stephen’s comments on the subject in the video below, as well as his take on his character’s honesty with Mary Jane, whether more men should operate like “Never Answer” in real life, and the million dollar question, is he single?
It was starting to look like Kerry Washington had some Beyonce warriors in her camp, because despite a few random sources spilling the beans on the “Scandal” actress jumping the broom last year and reportedly being pregnant, everyone who actually knows the actress and works with her hasn’t said a word. Until now.
PEOPLE caught up with Joe Morton, a.k.a. Olivia Pope’s daddy, at the BET Honors awards this Saturday and he gave the magazine the cutest little insight into how Kerry Washington handles her pregnancy on set.
“She spends a lot of time singing to it and talking to it to say we’re just playing pretend and everything’s going to be okay, so don’t worry about it,” Daddy Pope said.
“She’s very excited about being a mom. She’s sort of floating around having just been married and now having a baby and putting a family together. She’s in pig heaven, as they say.”
Despite his speaking on Kerry’s pregnancy now, Joe said his TV daughter asked all of her castmates to keep her pregnancy a secret until she was ready to reveal it to the world and, of course, they all obliged.
“We’re loyal to her and that’s what she wanted – she wanted to keep it private – and we thought, ‘Well, it’s her baby, let’s help her do that.’ “
As for his thoughts on what type of mother, Miss Washington, or shall we say Mrs. Nnamdi Asomugha, will be, Joe said this:
“She’s a very smart woman, very kind, very affectionate and she wants this baby – which is the key to it all.”
His advice for her husband and father-to-be?
“Be loving and affectionate and just take care of my daughter.”
Over the last 20 years Kerry Washington has grown from a small screen actress into a big screen powerhouse. She’s starred in films, TV shows, music videos and Broadway theater, adding more and more big name projects to her resume each year. Now, at 37 years old, the actress, activist, wife and mommy-to-be is at the top of her game. So to celebrate her birthday – and undeniable come up in Hollywood – we’re taking a look at Kerry’s amazing career transformation in images. Happy 37th birthday Kerry!
“Scandal” is one of those shows that sucks you in so much that when an episode concludes, you kind of have to give yourself a little shake and make a mental note that it’s all fiction. While she may be based on a real-life “fixer,” our beloved Olivia Pope is not a real person. For the most part, even the most devoted Gladiator realizes that while the overall theme of some of the stories illustrated on the show were pulled from actual headlines, a lot of the details and heart-pounding craziness comes strictly from the imaginations of Shonda Rhimes and those über talented writers that she has on staff.
According to The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer, President Obama and Mrs. O recently began watching the hit ABC drama. While it offers great entertainment, during a discussion about what he thought of the series, he expressed that it isn’t reflective of what’s really going down in the nation’s capital.
Well that’s relieving. I would probably run out of fingers and toes if I tried to count the number of times I’ve heard someone say that they would not be too pleased to find out that Obama had real-life Olivia Pope that he was creeping off to see. Not to mention all of the other scandalous deeds that happen on the show. I’d love to hear Lady O’s take on the series though.
Time magazine has put together its annual list of the Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2013 and guess who almost came in first place. Scandal‘s Olivia Pope came in second place, topped by Breaking Bad‘s chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston).
Time said the D.C. fixer played by Kerry Washington had became a bonafide cultural icon this year. “Beyond juicing Scandal‘s viewership—season 3 premiered to 10.5 million viewers, up 71 percent from the year before—Pope was a real-world lifestyle tastemaker: the Crate & Barrel wine glasses she sips from on the show sold out at earlier this year, as did her $2,600 white Burberry trench coat,” reports the magazine.
Pope also beat out Hunger Games heroine Katniss Everdeen. The sequel, Catching Fire, has grossed $600 million and counting.
At fourth place was Sophia Burset, the inmate hairstylist (played by Laverne Cox) on Orange Is the New Black. The character is a fan favorite for her biting one-liners and says Time “because she’s the most dynamic transgender character in TV history.” The character has caused a ripple effect: Showtime and E! Canada have both green lit shows about transgender people.
In the political arena, former New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner’s virtual persona made the list at number 5. Weiner used the name Carlos Danger to have X-rated chats with women online.
Speaking of fictional characters, Global Grind came up with its own list of the Most Influential African-American Woman on Television.
It’s no surprise that Clair Huxtable (Phylicia Rashad) came out on top. The Huxtables are one of the most beloved television families of all time. And it was Clair’s cool but strict mom that was a fan favorite. “Playing a very successful lawyer, Clair always had an allure of cool, calm confidence and stood her ground when it came to parenting,” notes Global Grind. “Her impact on pop culture was so influential that women aspired to be like her and she was named one of TV’s most influential mothers by AOL.”
In second place was Joan Crawford (Tracee Ellis Ross) from Girlfriends. The Carrie Bradshaw to African-American women, Crawford was a complete woman — smart, independent but loving, silly, funny, and a good friend. “She also was fabulous and unafraid to be the semi-awkward woman we all loved,” reports Global Grind.
In third place, the forever-loved, hard-working Florida Evans (Esther Rolle). The character actually got her start on the sitcom Maude as a housekeeper but fans loved Rolle’s character so much a show was created around her and her family called Good Times. Also on the roundup: Maya St. Germain (Bianca Lawson) from Pretty Little Liars; True Jackson (Keke Palmer) from the Nickelodeon hit True Jackson, VP; Raven Baxter (Raven Symone) on Disney’s That’s So Raven‘; and for soap opera fans, Angie Hubbard (Debbi Morgan) from ABC’s All My Children made the list.
Who is your favorite TV character?